An extraordinary discovery of European stone tools along the eastern seaboard of the United States indicates that Europeans reached American shores 10,000 years before Siberians came across the ancient Alaskan land bridge.

That doesn’t excuse the way we treated the Indians, but it does reveal that America was first discovered by Stone Age Europeans (the Solutrean cultures of France and what is now Spain). Chemical analysis of a European-style stone knife found in Virginia in 1971 revealed that it was made of flint from France.
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What can we learn from indigenous cultures, who still live the same way that everyone did thousands of years ago?

Geographer Jared Diamond points out that, for most of history, people lived in small groups as hunter-gatherers. Agriculture began 11,000 years ago, and state government is only half that old. But Diamond, who has spent years studying the tribes living in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, thinks we can still learn from traditional societies like these.
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You may think you’ve read everything that Whitley Strieber has written, but you HAVEN’T, because his beautiful novel The Secret of Orenda, a thriller about a lost Indian tribe that remembers the secrets of the past, has just been published for your summer reading pleasure. In it Whitley explores the question of what has been lost by creating a hidden Indian tribe called Orenda, who still preserve those secrets. Known only to a few initiates, the people of Orenda continue the ancient ways. But even the wildest places are under threat, and this ancient people, who know nothing of the modern world, are discovered—and become a more